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UP continues to improve track in Colorado, Nebraska

Union Pacific Railroad is spending about $40 million to upgrade lines in Colorado and Nebraska.

By September’s end, the Class I expects to complete improvements to a line between Gore and Bond, Colo. The project calls for removing and installing 80,000 concrete ties and 24 miles of rail, spreading 77,800 tons of ballast and replacing four switches.

Last year, UP budgeted about $43 million for capital projects in Colorado.

By mid-August, the Class I also expects to complete upgrades to a line between Big Springs and Potter, Neb. The project includes the installation of more than 90,000 ties, spreading of 29,000 tons of ballast and road surface renewals at 50 grade crossings.

In 2008, UP spent more than $254 million on capital projects in Nebraska. This year, the Class I has budgeted  $1.7 billion for infrastructure improvements system-wide.

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